‘I feel empowered, in control of my body’: four [UK] women on fighting cancer with alternative therapies

Anna Moore – Telegraph – Tuesday, 22 October 2013 (originally published 20 Oct)

Polly Noble

Polly Noble: “If I died because I was too stubborn or proud to do something I’d said I wasn’t going to do, then more fool me.” Image: Laura Hynd

Cancer is on the rise. According to a recent report by Macmillan Cancer Support, nearly half of all Britons will receive a diagnosis during their lifetime. Billions of pounds are spent researching and trialling conventional medical treatments, and health advances are made year on year, extending the lives of patients beyond what was previously thought possible.

There is not, however, and probably never will be, a “golden bullet” – a cure-all for the array of cancers that threaten us. Cancer is a vast and ever-changing problem, and we must keep finding new ways to confront it. We will rightly continue to turn to the medical profession first.

But there is a growing number of people in Britain seeking alternative approaches too, and making their voices heard. It’s a controversial area polarizing opinion . . .

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